Within this comic is 2 stories – and the one I’m focusing on is called “Puny Little Man” – brought to us by the team on the regular Hulk book, Loeb and McGuinness. While that may be a deterrent for some others may be enticed to check this issue out. It was released almost 2 years before the utterly horrible “Hulk” title and showcasing the Wolverine’s first appearance in the comics. Loeb’s pencils are flat out amazing in this issue and his regular inker Vines makes his images pop – while the coloring was done in an old school way – dare I call it pixilating – if my memory serves… I could be wrong though.
The story is quite simple, The Wolverine just remembers what that first fight with the Hulk was like. He wonders why he talked the way he did, why he was working for the Canadian Government, why he was wearing such a ridiculous costume, and why he even thought he could take on the Hulk and Wendigo – although they really don’t mention or even show Wendigo in this story (SHOCKER! Loeb is leaving out obvious and important plot points in a story!) but the fight with Hulk is great to look at.
Wolverine slashes over and over until the Hulk finally gets a hold of him and then rips him apart – and Loeb takes on the now classic art of Hulk tearing Wolverine in half – man, I would LOVE to own this piece of art! – but the end of the rather quick story has Wolverine waking up and thinking it was all a dream.
All in all – not too bad - but a very quick and fun story that packs in so much beautiful art it’s worth picking up. Grade B+